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Tough Enough to Wear Pink
By: Christy Hendricks

SIKESTON, Mo. - Thousands of people turned out for the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo last week.  But one night dedicated to breast cancer took a fun event and turned it into a fundraiser.

Anyone at the rodeo Saturday night saw a lot of pink shirts, but it wasn't because that's the cowboy's and girl's favorite color.  It's because they were tough enough to wear pink for a reason.

It was a stampede of pink; pink shirts, hats, gates, and ribbons.  Even the law enforcement and horses got in on the pink action Saturday night.

Tough Enough to Wear Pink night isn't just about having fun, wearing pink or painting things pink like the bull chutes.  It's a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. One dollar from every ticket sold Saturday night goes to the local American Cancer Society that serves eight counties in the Heartland.

After a sell-out crowd, that pink translates to a lot of green to help those battling breast cancer in the Heartland hanging on in the ride of their lives.

"Without their help I'd have to have done without it," said Charlotte Tidwell. 

She just finished her last chemo treatment after being diagnosed with breast cancer eight months ago.

"I got a wig, a real nice one and I like wearing it," Charlotte said.  "They also gave me the boost like I said and I also got a bra and a prosthesis from them. I wear it quite a bit."

Even though the physical scars from surgery are still fresh, the ACS helps heal the emotional scars left behind.

Sherrie Crouthers received a prosthesis bra insert for different stages after her masectomy and resconstruction surgery.

"It made me feel complete so to speak when I come down here because you're very self-conscious of it too," said Sherrie. "There's a lot of different aspects to it I had no idea until it hit home with me."

It hit home with thousands Saturday as they showed their strength and support for those battling breast cancer through the money raised with Tough Enough to Wear Pink.

All the fundraising from tickets at the rodeo, raffles, and T-shirt sells raised around $20,000.

The ACS not only provides the prosthesis bras, wigs, and nutritional supplements, but also travel vouchers for those traveling to and from treatment.

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